Chandler Peraldo was not a bad kid, but he made bad choices and those choices cost him his life…….
He had his basketball career and life cut short due to drug addiction and it didn’t have to happen, but it did and how soon before it happens again, or can we do something to help to stop this deadly route too many teenagers/kids have chosen to follow???
I used to love to attend those Mendenhall Mustang games back in the day and if they were playing Kiser, that was an added treat….
Got the chance to see Ty Graves, Anthony Eaves, Coach Darren Corbett(the former coach at Grimsley would be there and now he is at N.C. A&T), Coach Kevin Graves from the Karolina Diamonds would be there and just about all of the kids that played at Page then or now, they were also Mendenhall Mustangs at one time or another…
But one of my favorite Mustangs and one of my favorite memories was of Chandler Peraldo and I really got a kick out of the time Chandler got knocked down on a foul and he got upset and his coach got mad and Chandler walked out of the gym that day and all of those little Mendenhall Mustang fans went running after Chandler because he was their friend and their favorite player…..He did make a triumphant return, but that would be one of the few times that Chandler could say that his decision proved to be the correct choice…
As time moved on Chandler moved on to several AAU teams and one of those teams nearly won a title down in Orlando, Florida with Coach Johnnie Richardson leading his club to this special national level of play and they were among the tops in the Nation a few Summers back…
We keep using the word back then and back in the day, but as of this day, Chandler Peraldo is gone and he won’t be coming back…..
News and Record Obiturary from Sunday January 18 on-line at www.news-record.com:
GREENSBORO CHANDLER KNOX PERALDO died on January 15, 2015 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. His parents, Lyn Broom Peraldo and Jeff Peraldo, were with him at the time of his passing. His family misses him greatly.Chan was born in Greensboro on April 23, 1996, which date was his grandfather Knox Broom’s birthday as well. Chan would joke every year that the family owed him because he was saving them a birthday cake. It never got old.Chan was bright, energetic, funny, and compassionate, especially when he was interacting with younger children. He particularly enjoyed the numerous youth basketball camps at which he worked as a counselor and his time with his beloved twin cousins, Briley and Hayden. Chan had a gift with the younger ones and his oft-stated career goal was to be a basketball coach and teacher. He would have done well on that path.One of Chan’s greatest gifts was athletics. He excelled at the highest level in every sport he participated in. As a youngster, he was the number five-ranked tennis player in his age group in the state, before embarking on a golf career that saw him win numerous state-level tournaments. Chan also played sweeper and goalie on several Greensboro United travel soccer teams. His true passion, however, was basketball, where he was a fiery and tremendous competitor. Chan was the point guard for many AAU teams that, combined, won dozens of local and National AAU tournaments, including the Greensboro Phoenix Elite team that finished second in the nation at the 2011 AAU National tournament in Orlando, FL. At age 15, one national ranking service listed Chan as the Number 28 point guard in his class. Chan cherished his relationships with his teammates and coaches. They enriched his life and gave him value; he no doubt did the same for them.Chan’s greatest love was his “sissy,” Leah Shea. From the moment he first held her at the hospital they had, and will always have, an unbreakable bond. He worshipped his sister. That relationship and a character trait that grew from it–always wanting to put others above himself–transcended every aspect of Chan’s life. He always helped his teammates to play well and win games. He spent hours on end teaching children on the court. He would drop whatever he was doing to help friends in need. And, most importantly, during his last week, he spoke openly about wanting desperately to save himself so he could save his friends and others fighting addiction.Sadly, Chandler fell victim to the horrific disease of addiction despite numerous heroic battles by him and his family. The family asks that the community that knew him and loved him now honor him by frequently talking openly and frankly with their children about substance abuse and addiction.Chandler is survived by his parents, Jeff Peraldo and Lyn Broom Peraldo, his sister, Leah Shea, his grandmother, Betty Peraldo, his aunt and uncle, Shea and Michael Pitlik, and his twin cousins, Briley and Hayden. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Henry Peraldo, and his maternal grandparents, Knox and Margaret Broom, each of whom had a very special and unique relationship with Chan.A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church, 2100 Fernwood Drive, Greensboro 27408. After the service, friends are invited to a reception at the home of Ken Miller, located at 6367 Lake Brandt Road, Summerfield. The family asks that memorial contributions be withheld, pending the establishment of the Chandler Peraldo Foundation for the Prevention of Substance Abuse and Addiction. Forbis & Dick North Elm Chapel is serving the Peraldo family. Online condolences may be made at www.forbisanddick.com.
(For complete News and Record link with photo CLICK HERE.)
Chandler chose the wrong path and went down the wrong road, the one so many teenagers are choosing today and that is the road and the lifestyle of Drug Addiction…..
This lifestyle becomes a death style and the Drug Addiction sucks the life right out of the kids…
That is what happened to Chandler Peraldo, and now he has become just another statistic, or has he?
Nothing can be done to save Chandler now, he is gone and his funeral is set for Monday afternoon at 4pm, at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church in the Kirkwood section of Greensboro, just off of Lawndale Drive….
Chandler was a good friend to many and what are his friends saying about him now???
Is there any chance his death and the way died might cause some other local teenager to make the choice not to go down the same road that Chandler took?
His family knows that he made his choices and the choice he made was to live the life of drug use and when that usage became too much, Chandler Peraldo became a Drug Addict….
Terrible choice, sad choice, but this is something that is happening every day and it won’t be long until we will be writing the same thing about some other kid or another athlete, or former athlete….
The drugs took control of Chandler Peraldo’s life, but they, the drugs did not choose him, Chandler chose his own path into drug use…You don’t control the drugs, they control you….You do not choose drug addiction, and that is not what Chandler Peraldo sought, he became a drug user and then the drugs took over and he became addicted and once you are in deep, you are all-in and too many times you can not get out….
Chandler was not a bad kid, we would never want that to be the lasting impression or the story of his life, he just made bad choices….It can and will happen to any young man or woman, from any walk of life…..
It would be great to say that Chandler’s death due to Drug Addiction will make hundreds of kids take notice and that they would make the decision to turn their life around and to not throw their life away, but the fact is that will not occur, BUT if what happened with Chandler, how it all came to end due to his Drug Addiction, if that can help or cause one young person to give up the drugs and to get their life back together again, that would be a start and that would be a great thing…..Not just a good thing, but a great thing…
If the way Chandler Peraldo’s life ended makes a difference for just one person that would be the beginning or resurrection, a change that could lead to a new life for a young man or young women within our community…
Chandler Peraldo was a Drug Addict….He lived a life through drug use that will not allow your body to operate at its proper levels…The things Chandler did with drugs were not what you body is designed to tolerate…Your body can not work efficiently when you are putting the drugs into your system that Chandler Peraldo found himself addicted to….
He destroyed his body and the drugs killed him….Chandler Peraldo killed himself due to drug abuse and his addiction to drugs…
The human body can only take this type of abuse for so long and then death is the only way your body can respond…When you kill your body with the wrong drugs, your body shuts down and it is all over…
I am no doctor, but we all know that drug abuse can kill and it is not a pretty sight or a nice picture…
It stinks and the drug addicts are not long for this world if the abuse continues….
Chandler Peraldo chose his drugs and he chose to abuse those drugs and now he is dead and the sad thing is all that is left of him are the memories….Chandler Peraldo is not coming back……
Chandler was only 18 years old and most would agree that he left here way too early, but he had no choice, he had to die, the drugs had taken over and they would not let go….
Seems to me and maybe to you to, that pretty soon, this has to stop and if it doesn’t, we will be talking about another unnecessary DEATH….
RIP Chandler Peraldo…..
*****If we have more drug abusers out there, maybe you might want to stop and think about what you are doing and where you are going. Some may say maybe not and if that’s the case you will end up dead in the end, just like Chandler. It doesn’t have to end up that way, but it will.*****
+++++Here’s what Rick Lewis was saying about Chandler back in the day at the Phenom Hoops Report+++++
Player: Chandler Peraldo
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
School: Northwest Guilford
Evaluation: Chandler is a fundamentally sound and has a tremendous work
ethic. He has a great understanding of the game. Offensively, he has a nice
arsenal of advanced ball handling skills and is very crafty with the ball.
He has solid shooting mechanics and is a dead eye shooter from the 3 point
line. While mostly noted an advanced ball handler and shooter, Chandler made
an impression with his hustle and hard work on the defensive end of the
ball. Chandler has good speed and foot speed and this helped him immensely
by applying pressure defense. He was more assertive on the defensive end of
the floor and showcased his overall well balanced game. He has 4 years of
high school ahead of him and what level he plays will be determined by his
continued work ethic and desire.